4 GW Transmission Line to Carry Wind Power From the Great Plains East

By Clayton Handleman

As reported here  explosive growth in wind power at the best sites in the Great Plains is hindered only by lack of transmission line access.  That barrier is now crumbling.  The Department of Energy announced that it will participate in the development of the Plains & Eastern Clean Line project.  This is a 4 GW transmission line designed to bring power from wind farms in Oklahoma and Kansas to large transmission resources in Tennessee.  From there the wind power will reach large electricity markets in the industrial Midwest and points East.  Using its authorization under the section 1222 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 the DOE will secure the right of ways for Clean Line Energy Partners to develop the transmission line.  Details are found in the Department of Energy Link above.



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